1973 in television

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The year 1973 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in that year.


  • January 4 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the United Kingdom and the world, Last of the Summer Wine, starts as a 30-minute pilot on BBC1's Comedy Playhouse show. The first series starts on November 12; the 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
  • January 13 – The Lawrence Welk Show airs its Salute to Mexico episode where Anacani makes her debut with the Champagne Music Makers. That episode also marks the final time Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn appear together as the act of Sandi & Sally
  • January 14 – Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii - Via Satellite television special is seen around the world by over 1 billion viewers. However, it was not shown on the Eastern Bloc countries because of communist censorship, with the sole exception of Der schwarze Kanal on Deutscher Fernsehfunk in East Germany.
  • February - Peanuts, the primetime series which replaced the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour four years earlier begins its second season on CBS.
  • March 8 – The TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders airs on CBS. This serves as the pilot for the iconic crime drama series Kojak, which returns as a weekly series in October.
  • March 21 – Sitcom Are You Being Served? begins its first regular series on BBC1 in the U.K. (pilot aired September 8, 1972).
  • March 23 – The longest running daytime game show to date — NBC's Concentration — airs its 3,796th and final show, after a run of fourteen years and seven months. The record will be eclipsed in 1987 by The Price Is Right; today, Concentration ranks fourth in continual longevity among all daytime/syndicated game shows.
  • March 25 – The pilot episode of Open All Hours airs as part of Ronnie Barker's series Seven of One on BBC1 in the U.K.
  • April 1 – "Prisoner and Escort", the pilot episode of Porridge, airs as part of Seven of One.
  • April 16 – James Paul McCartney airs on ABC (and on ITV in the U.K. on May 10).
  • May 10 – ABC concludes its first run at broadcasting the National Basketball Association with the New York Knicks' Finals clinching victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5. With CBS taking over as the NBA's network television partner, this would mark the last time that ABC would broadcast an NBA Finals for 30 years.
  • May 17 – U.S. daytime television is interrupted by the Watergate hearings, which would continue until August 7. Each network airs coverage in rotation every third day (ABC is first, then CBS and NBC).
  • July 2 – U.S. game show Match Game debuts its 1970s version; it soon becomes the #1-rated daytime television program for 1973, 1974, and 1975, as well as #1 game show from 1973–77.
  • August 6 – James Beck, who stars as Private Walker in the popular U.K. sitcom Dad's Army, dies of a burst pancreas at the age of just 44. Although the series continues until 1977, the part of Walker is not recast and the show carries on without him.
  • August 11 – Programme One airs the first part of the Soviet television miniseries Seventeen Moments of Spring, which would run until the 24th. With an audience of between fifty and eighty million viewers per episode, it becomes the most successful television show of its time in the Soviet Union.
  • August 17 – CBS presents an adaptation of David Rabe's play Sticks and Bones...but only to about half of its affiliates.
  • September 15 – Betty White makes her first appearance as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show's fourth season opener, "The Lars Affair".
  • September 20 – The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The global television audience in 36 countries is estimated at 90 million.
  • October 8 – Pat Phoenix leaves the role of Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street after thirteen years, when she felt that specific length of time was enough to play one character continuously.
  • October 20 – George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) makes his first appearance on All in the Family, at his brother Henry's goodbye party, though he has lived next door to Archie Bunker for the past two years.
  • November 12 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the U.K. and the world, Last of the Summer Wine starts as a series on BBC1 (the pilot had aired on January 4). The 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
  • November 20 – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs on CBS for the first time. It will go onto win an Emmy Award the following year.
  • November 23 – Julie on Sesame Street, starring Julie Andrews, airs on ABC.
  • November – Color television is launched in New Zealand. (It will go full-time in November 1975).
  • December 12 – Kojak's trademark lollipop makes its debut in the episode "Hot Sunday".
  • December 19 – After reading a news item that said the federal government had fallen behind in getting bids to supply toilet tissue, Johnny Carson inadvertently triggers an unprecedented three-week panic when he announces, on The Tonight Show, that there is an acute shortage of toilet paper in the U.S.



Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 16 Bonanza 1959
March 23 Love is a Many Splendored Thing 1967
Where the Heart Is 1969
March 30 Ghost Story 1972
Ultraman Ace (Japan)
Mission: Impossible 1966
May 20 Laugh-In 1968
August 24 The Mod Squad
September 9 The Doris Day Show
Bridget Loves Bernie 1972
October 27 The New Scooby-Doo Movies
December 28 Needles and Pins 1973


Date Name Notability
January 4 Damon Gupton American actor (Criminal Minds)
January 11 Rockmond Dunbar American actor (Soul Food, Prison Break)
January 16 Josie Davis American actress (Charles in Charge, The Young and the Restless)
January 23 Lanei Chapman American actress
January 29 Miranda Krestovnikoff English archaeologist and television host
January 31 Portia de Rossi Australian actress (Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Scandal)
February 12 Tara Strong Canadian voice actress (voice of Timmy Turner on The Fairly OddParents)
February 15 Sarah Wynter Australian actress (24)
February 19 Eric Lange American actor (The Bridge, Narcos)
March 8 Boris Kodjoe Austrian-German actor (Soul Food, The Last Man on Earth)
March 17 Amelia Heinle American soap opera actress
Michelle Nolden Canadian actress (Numb3rs, Saving Hope)
March 20 Cedric Yarbrough American actor, comedian (Reno 911!, The Boondocks, Speechless)
March 21 Jerry Supiran American actor (Small Wonder)
March 24 Jim Parsons American actor (Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory)
March 26 T. R. Knight American actor (Grey's Anatomy)
April 2 Roselyn Sánchez Puerto Rican singer, model and actress (Without a Trace, Devious Maids)
April 3 Adam Scott American actor (Parks and Recreation)
April 8 Emma Caulfield American actress (Beverly Hills, 90210, General Hospital, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
April 11 Jennifer Esposito American actress (Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, Taxi Brooklyn, Mistresses)
April 12 Christina Moore American actress (Hyperion Bay, Mad TV, That '70s Show, Hawthorne)
April 23 John Lutz American actor, comedian (30 Rock)
April 27 Jillian Bach American actress (Two Guys and a Girl)
April 28 Elisabeth Röhm German-American actress (Bull, Angel, Law & Order, The Client List, Stalker)
Melissa Fahn American voice actress (Cowboy Bepop, Digimon, FLCL, Invader Zim, Eureka Seven) and singer
Jorge Garcia American actor (Becker, Lost)
May 5 Tina Yothers American actress (Family Ties)
May 9 Chu Sang-mi Korean actress
May 16 Tori Spelling American actress (Beverly Hills, 90210) and daughter of Aaron Spelling
May 17 Sasha Alexander American-Serbian actress (Dawson's Creek, NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles)
May 25 Molly Sims American model, actress (Las Vegas)
Demetri Martin American actor, comedian (The Daily Show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, We Bare Bears)
May 27 Jack McBrayer American actor, comedian (30 Rock, Wander Over Yonder)
June 9 Keesha Sharp American actress (Girlfriends)
June 12 Mel Rodriguez American actor (Getting On, The Last Man on Earth)
June 15 Neil Patrick Harris American actor (Doogie Howser, M.D., How I Met Your Mother)
June 16 Eddie Cibrian American actor (Sunset Beach, CSI: Miami)
June 21 Juliette Lewis American actress (The Firm)
June 26 Rebecca Budig American actress (Guiding Light, All My Children, General Hospital)
July 3 Patrick Wilson American actor (A Gifted Man, Fargo)
July 6 William Lee Scott American actor (The Steve Harvey Show)
July 8 Kathleen Robertson Canadian actress (Maniac Mansion, Beverly Hills, 90210)
July 9 Enrique Murciano American actor (Without a Trace)
July 15 Brian Austin Green American actor (Beverly Hills, 90210)
July 20 Omar Epps American actor (House, Shooter) and rapper
July 21 Ali Landry American actress (Eve)
July 23 Kathryn Hahn American actress (Crossing Jordan)
July 25 David Denman American actor (The Office)
July 26 Kate Beckinsale British actress
August 1 Tempestt Bledsoe American actress (The Cosby Show)
August 2 Kia Goodwin American actress (227)
August 6 Vera Farmiga American actress (Touching Evil, Bates Motel)
August 11 Frank Caeti American actor, comedian (Mad TV)
August 22 Kristen Wiig American actress, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
August 24 Dave Chappelle American actor, comedian (Chappelle's Show)
Carmine Giovinazzo American actor (CSI: NY)
Grey DeLisle American voice actress (current voice of Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo Franchise) and singer-songwriter
August 30 Kimberley Joseph Australian-Canadian actress (Paradise Beach, Gladiators, Tales of the South Seas)
September 3 Jennifer Paige American singer and actress
September 5 Rose McGowan Italian-American actress (Charmed, Chosen)
September 7 Shannon Elizabeth American actress (Cuts)
September 14 Andrew Lincoln English actor (The Walking Dead)
September 18 James Marsden American actor (Westworld)
September 25 Bridgette Wilson American actress (Santa Barbara)
October 3 Neve Campbell Canadian actress (Party of Five, House of Cards)
Keiko Agena American actress (Gilmore Girls)
October 9 Jennifer Aspen American actress (Party of Five, Rodney, GCB)
Steve Burns American actor and entertainer (Blue's Clues)
October 10 Mario Lopez American actor, host (Saved by the Bell, Extra)
October 21 Sasha Roiz Canadian-Israel actor (Grimm)
October 26 Seth MacFarlane American actor, comedian and director (Family Guy, American Dad!)
November 1 David Berman American actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
November 2 Marisol Nichols American actress (24, Riverdale)
November 5 Danniella Westbrook British actress (EastEnders)
November 7 Yunjin Kim American-South Korean actress (Lost, Mistresses)
November 8 David Muir American journalist (20/20, World News Tonight)
November 9 Alyson Court Canadian actress
November 25 Eddie Steeples American actor (My Name is Earl)
November 28 Gina Tognoni American actress (Guiding Light, Venice: The Series, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless)
December 3 Holly Marie Combs American actress (Picket Fences, Charmed, Pretty Little Liars)
December 4 Tyra Banks American actress, model and host (The Tyra Banks Show, America's Next Top Model)
December 9 Nicole Randall Johnson American comic actress (Mad TV)
December 10 Arden Myrin American actress, comedian (Mad TV, Shameless)
December 27 Wilson Cruz American actor (My So-Called Life, Noah's Arc)
December 28 Seth Meyers American comedian, host (Saturday Night Live, Late Night)
December 30 Jason Behr American actor (Roswell)
Maureen Flannigan American actress (Out of This World)


Date Name Age Notability
January 24 J. Carrol Naish 77 Character actor (Life With Luigi)
January 28 John Banner 63 Actor (Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes)
March 13 Stacy Harris 54 U.S. actor (Dragnet, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp)
April 26 Irene Ryan 70 Actress (Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies)
September 21 Diana Sands 39 Actress (The Fugitive)
December 23 Irna Phillips 72 Soap opera writer and creator (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns)